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Our take on the Pioneer FH-X500UI

by Ken Nail
Pioneer

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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Don't go small when you put a new receiver in your dash — fill up that 4" tall dash opening with Pioneer's FH-X500UI CD receiver. This sharp-looking receiver stretches out with a multi-color, dual-zone display that lets you choose from thousands of colors — you can even set up one color for the display and another for the buttons. For some extra visual excitement, MIXTRAX syncs the audio from many of your sources, adding transitions between songs along with a light show that pulses and changes color with the beat of the music — like cruising down the road with your own personal DJ on board.

Pioneer FH-X500UI

Customize the display and button colors to match your car.

Play your music

Plug your iPod® or iPhone® into the front-panel USB input, and you'll be able to control your music files and playlists. If you're a Pandora® fan, you'll have control of your favorite stations from the receiver when your iPhone's connected. You can also use the USB input to tap into the music files stored on many Android devices, while the front aux input handles just about any other audio source. If you're into your CD collection, you'll enjoy stellar playback of your store-bought and home-burned discs.

You shape the sound

Pioneer's potent MOSFET amplifier delivers plenty of power, and the 5-band EQ lets you tweak the sound as much as you want. You can also switch quickly between seven preset equalizer curves to get the sound you're looking for during your drive. The two pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to add external amplifiers or a powered sub.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Pioneer stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Pioneer, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Installation Note:  Pioneer doesn't include a DIN sleeve with this receiver, as it's only needed for a small number of installations. We'll let you know on the way to the cart if you need to purchase a sleeve (item 130ADTV133) for your vehicle.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built in iPod control
    • Pandora control with station creation through iPhone
    • music file playback on select Android devices through USB input
    • MIXTRAX for a DJ-inspired audio/visual experience with compatible devices
    • variable color illumination with separate control of display and buttons and 5-level dimmer
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR) for improved sound quality from compressed music files
    • Easy EQ 5-band equalizer with seven preset tone settings
    • 3-level loudness
    • low-pass and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    14 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    5
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9 dBf
    European Tuning
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    No
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (w/ 10A mini-fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (QXE1047)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 6 Pan head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws (M5 x 9mm)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Limited Warranty Information (US/CA)

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    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Pioneer FH-X500UI CD receiver supports playback of CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs

    Front-Panel USB Input (Android Compliant): The unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables audio playback & control of MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files stored on your portable USB MSC/MTP device through the Pioneer FH-X500UI. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's front-panel USB port supports Android OS 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean) as a Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) device. It also supports Android OS 2.2+ (Froyo/Gingerbread) as a Mass Storage Class (MSC) device; as of 8/27/2013. The receiver does not support Android OS 3.1+ (Honeycomb) or other Android operating systems not listed.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Pioneer FH-X500UI supports the following types of MP3/WMA/WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB (MSC/MTP)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 48-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 8- or 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 16-48kHz or 22.05-44.1kHz (not compatible w/ MTP)
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 99 folders/999 files 500 folders/15,000 files
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    File/Track Name List: The Name List feature displays a list of MP3/WMA albums and tracks on a loaded CD or connected USB device, so you can easily access your music. Music files are listed first by Artist name, then by Album name, and finally by Song title. The Name List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Song/Artist Information: During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information; including artist, song, and album name.

    Playback Controls: The Pioneer CD receiver provides basic operations like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random for disc and USB device playback. When a compatible Android smartphone is connected, the head unit will control music playback functions; you will not be able to control your music from the smartphone.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Off Eject: When you eject a disc, the unit will automatically power off (unless you switch sources before ejecting the disc).

    Installation Angle: Optimum CD playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 60-degrees.

    iPod/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Pioneer FH-X500UI's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The FH-X500UI supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the FH-X500UI.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Pioneer's Lightning-to-USB cable (130CDIU52, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the FH-X500UI.
    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 94dB. The Pioneer head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Playlist, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically. In addition, the head unit offers Link Play, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, and Song/Artist/Album name.
    • iPod: In iPod mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen, while still being able to view song/artist information on the head unit's LCD.
    • App Mode: App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps from your iPhone (iOS 5.0+) through the Pioneer head unit and your vehicle's speakers. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track. The App's Name (i.e. "AUPEO!) and song/artist information will be displayed on the head unit's LCD screen (when applicable, depending on app).

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer FH-X500UI is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Pandora App Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The FH-X500UI is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input for connecting external components, such as a portable MP3 player. 

    AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio

    Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.

    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • BSM (Best Stations Memory): The BSM (Best Stations Memory) function lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 levels of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

    Pandora App: The free Pandora App lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer FH-X500UI using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Pioneer iPod connector cable (sold separately) or the connector cable that came with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora Radio application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The Pioneer FH-X500UI will provide control over the Pandora music service and display Artist/Album/Song information.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song/artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Pioneer in-dash head unit utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The FH-X500UI is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power specifications for the FH-X500UI are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels
    Note: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

    4ch/2V Preamp Outputs: The Pioneer FH-X500UI features two pair of 2.0-volt preamp outputs. The unit's rear preamp outputs can be configured as fading rear-channel outputs or a non-fading subwoofer outputs with a low-pass filter, phase adjustment, and output level control.

    Subwoofer Control: When the head unit's preamp output is configured as a subwoofer output, you can select the frequency of the low pass filter (50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125 Hz), select the filter slope (-6/-12dB), select the subwoofer phase (normal/reverse), and the subwoofer gain (+6 to -24).

    Equalizer: The Pioneer FH-X500UI features a Preset & Custom EQ. The built-in equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Powerful, Dynamic, Vocal, Natural, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Flat) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The two Custom modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band EQ (80Hz, 250Hz, 800Hz, 2.5kHz, 8kHz) from +/-6dB. Custom 1 can be set separately for each source (except for USB/iPod/Pandora); while Custom 2 and the other 5 presets are shared settings used for all sources.

    High-Pass Crossover: When you don't want low-frequency sound to be heard through your front or rear speakers, you can simply active the head unit's HPF (high pass filter). By activating the HPF, only frequencies higher than those in the selected range are output from the front or rear speakers. The high pass filter crossover can be set to 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 125Hz, 160hz, 200Hz or Off. The slope level of the HPF can also be adjusted to -6dB or 12dB.

    Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. Hear the detail, warmth, and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on your USB device, iPod/iPhone, and portable media players. By restoring data (especially higher frequencies) that tends to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever technology enhances audio reproduction nearly all the way up to 20 kHz frequencies

    Audio Level Settings: The Pioneer FH-X500UI CD receiver offers a variety of audio settings to tailor the bass, treble, and volume level to your preference.

    • Bass Boost The FH-X500UI features a bass boost function which can be used to enhance low-frequency bass sound. The bass boost function can be set between 0-6.
    • Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for deficiencies in the low and high sound ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness feature to Low, Mid, High, or Off.
    • Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4dB to +4dB.

    MIXTRAX: Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. MIXTRAX takes your typical music listening experience and creates a non-stop mix of your music with 9 random DJ effects and transitions, by removing the breaks and pauses normally introduced between tracks and replacing them with various beats. MIXTRAX is compatible with USB-connected iPhone, iPod, USB MSC device, and select Android devices. There is also a Short Playback option which limits the amount of time each track plays; select from 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, or 3 minutes.

    Note: The MIXTRAX function does not work in App mode or with the Pandora App for iPod/iPhone/iPad. It is also not supported by USB MTP devices.

    Display Features

    Color Customization: Color Customization lets the user match their receiver illumination to their vehicle's interior lighting. Over 210,000 colors are available to match the illumination of almost any car. The button illumination and display illumination colors can be customized separately for an endless number of color combinations. You can select from 5 preset colors (White/Red/Amber/Green/Blue), customize an illumination color (by adjusting Red/Blue/Green brightness levels), or scan through a variety of colors.

    MIXTRAX Illumination: MIXTRAX features a club-style illumination that enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effect. As MIXTRAX begins, lights start pulsing to the beat of the music, adding an extra level of entertainment. You can choose among twelve patterns of lighting variations from sound pressure level or low-pass synchronization modes. The lighting effects work like a spectrum analyzer, reaching peak colors based on the intensity of the music. You can also choose which area's of the head unit's face illuminates; select Display, Display/Buttons, or Off.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the Clock Display has been turned on, pressing and holding the "SRC" button turns off audio output, but the clock display and button illumination remains on (you can press the "DISP" button to turn off). When the Clock Display has been turned off, pressing and holding the "SRC" button turns the unit off completely. Even if you have turned the radio completely off you can view the clock display by pressing the "DISP" button. The clock will then remain On until you turn it back Off. When the unit is On, you can select between the clock display or the audio track/tuner display.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On/Off within the menu.

    2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer FH-X500UI has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double -DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve (130ADTV133, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in  your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The FH-X500UI comes with an IR wireless remote control. The remote allows you to control the volume, switch between sources, pause the CD, change the display, and adjust the audio. You can also mute the volume (function that cannot be performed from the front panel).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    Written By Ted, Wisner,NE on Sunday, August 24, 2014
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    Sound quality is excellent. The controls for the I-Pod are confusing but manageable once you use it. Installation was a brease.
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    Clean looking face.
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    Brightness on display could be brighter for sunny days.
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    5 out of 5

    Just what I was looking for.

    Written By Anonymous, Dallas, Ga on Friday, August 22, 2014
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    I really like this radio because of the cool colors. I wish that it would flash when playing through the AUX port instead of just through the USB. Also I would have like it if it would work with Android.
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    5 out of 5

    beautiful

    Written By emily, colorado springs, co on Sunday, August 17, 2014
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    very nice, definitely would recommend. looks a little out of place in my older subaru because the radio looks so modern and everything else in the car is basic factory controls. there are many display color options - all look bright and sexy at night.
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    usb and aux, can switch songs by pressing the arrow instead of controlling it on the phone, light options, many different settings for bass, etc
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    5 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By Dennis, nh on Thursday, August 14, 2014
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    I had to return this product because it didn't mesh well with my 350z bose amp. But it's definitely a quality product. The flashing lights are a little cheesy since I'm not in my teens anymore but thankfully you can shut the feature off. Overall for $120 you're not going to find a better value. It's a great unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Larry B, Freeport IL on Sunday, August 10, 2014
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    I think this stereo is a great value.
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    Great value for the money. Crutchfield was great with customer support.
    Cons:
    Sirius attachment to aux port does not have the greatest sound quality.
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    Pioneer FH X500UI

    Written By Keith P, Ft Worth Texas on Sunday, August 10, 2014
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    Good value
    Pros:
    Easy to use, nice looking
    Cons:
    Non
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    1 out of 5

    Broke out of the box

    Written By ChrisG, Tampa fl on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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    Good value, if it worked, bought because I did not need anything fancy and the reviews were majority good. Unfortunately the unit was toast right out of the box. Called Crutchfield and they promptly fixed the issue. I went ahead and upgraded to the kenwood dpx300u and just finished the install and it works great. Can't reccomend this unit as it did not work from the get go, but Crutchfield's customer service is top notch and they corrected the issue promptly and without question.
    Pros:
    Cheap
    Cons:
    Did not work
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By koolhk21, Littleton, CO on Thursday, July 31, 2014
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    I think this product is a well made and cool looking product I would highly advise this as a head unit!
    Pros:
    The illumination is sweet and I love the display that it has!
    Cons:
    The first one that I ordered stopped working after about a week when the led display stopped showing anything. However Crutchfield said that that happens very rarely and they replaced it with absolutely not charge to me.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Aftermarket Stereo

    Written By ChuckS, New Hampshire on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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    This was the first aftermarket stereo that I have boughten and installed on my own. Crutchfield gave me everything I needed to make the install go smoothly and this radio was everything I was looking for. It produces quality sound at a cheaper price and I would buy from them again for sure.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By MikeH, Tulia, TX on Saturday, July 26, 2014
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    Very good radio/CD receiver for the money, Many extras with the unit.
    Pros:
    Easy to set up and use.
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    4 out of 5

    A grade for this price!

    Written By TroyW, Ellijay, GA on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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    Having hated the "premium" audio Scion put in the car (Alpine), I was all too glad to replace it. I didn't need a ton of features, just good, solid sound and power. I definitely got that with this Pioneer! The install was easy, thanks to Crutchfield, and the improvement in sound was hilariously obvious. The stock audio unit had a 65 dB signal to noise...so distorted and muddy. The Pioneer has a MUCH higher StNR, and it's so much clearer, punchier, and doesn't give me a headache. The features are powerful, and this unit throws out a lot of bass, has very good EQ selections and 2 custom options...5 bad EQ is pretty good. I like the options for lighting, and it has a cool look. For the price here, I say it's a real bargain, and I give it a solid A grade for its price range.
    Pros:
    Very good sound, cool look, nice EQ options, I think it's easy to use.
    Cons:
    Haven't found one yet. I don't miss the steering controls much, so I'm not even going to comment on that.
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    4 out of 5

    loving it!!

    Written By Bigjeepen, Clinton, IA 52732 on Monday, July 14, 2014
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    Stereo works great.really like the iPhone feature. Just plug in USB and start playing music. Easy to use with lots of options.
    Pros:
    IPhone compatible. Easy to work.
    Cons:
    A little complicated to get android phone to play.
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    5 out of 5

    Good radio - had no sound when installed because of factory amp

    Written By Ray, Pittsburgh on Friday, July 11, 2014
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    This is a noce radio that installed easy with the other stuff Crutchfield sent with it. The only issue was that I have a 2003 Honda Element and it has a factory installed amp that made the radio not give any sound. So I had to bypass it. I just cut the wires going into the amp and connected the speakers directly to the wires going to the radio.
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    4 out of 5

    nice and I

    Written By leon, Beaumont, TX on Thursday, July 10, 2014
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    Nice , easy to use and easy to install
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    5 out of 5

    Very good radio

    Written By Saa, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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    A good radio at a good cost.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound

    Written By JHinkle, Valdese, NC on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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    Wonderful product. The sound is amazing. My daughters enjoy the ability to change the colors anytime they desire. Every time I get in the car, it's a different color. Easy to program and set up the way you want it.
    Pros:
    Color change, sound, ease of installation.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By deanC, fresno,ca on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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    i bought the stereo for my daughters car she is very happy with it
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Anonymous, San Pablo, Ca on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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    Great product fits my car like it was made for it.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer Perfection

    Written By Dean, Comanche, Tx on Friday, July 04, 2014
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    Bought this receiver do my wife's 2007 suburban. After hours of researching ans reading reviews, I decided on this one as it seemed to be the best bang for my buck. Crutchfield includes everything for a seamless install, one of the reasons I buy from them. It took me about 30 minutes start to finish to install it. I fired it up for a test listen and was blown away! Very clear, gobs of power, and easy to navigate menu make this Pioneer a winner. I would definitely recommend!!!
    Pros:
    See review
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Great product!!

    Written By Scott, Wilson,NC on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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    Great radio at a great price!! Easy to use. Cool effects with the Mixtrax. Would give it a full 5 stars if the dimmer function worked.
    Pros:
    Ease of use. Color effects. iPod/iPhone USB hookup.
    Cons:
    Dimmer does not work.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By MiguelT, Central, GA on Saturday, June 21, 2014
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    I really love this stereo! I literally use of its features. I keep a CD in the player just in case my iPod bores me or my Phone has a bad signal. Either way I'm covered!

    AUX Port - Great for for my Cell Phone. I use Pandora a lot, so I just jack in and let it play. Its great also if I have a friend who wants to use it too.

    USB Port - Love using my iPod Classic with this. It works seamlessly with both the Remote and the Stereo's controls. Its also great for charging USB powered devices.

    FM/AM Radio - The digital tuner is dynamite! It's better than the old tuner I had. I think I can save about 18 FM stations. Sounds really clear! I don't use the AM tuner at all.

    Overall the radio is a huge upgrade over my old stereo. Sometimes the controls are a bit confusing, but if you bare with it, its manageable. I love the colors, I leave it on Red (Its the dimmest color). The biggest thing I noticed is that its louder than my old radio, which is great. And the BASS! I did not expect that! I boosted the BASS all the up and played a BASSY song. My poor speakers could not handle it. With a little tuning, it really thumps nicely!

    Give this stereo a shot! I love it! It's blast being stuck in traffic now, I'm too busy jamming to worry about not moving!
    Pros:
    Looks, Colors, BASS Reproduction, Color Customization, USB Port, and Remote control.
    Cons:
    Navigating menus is a little tedious. But thats about it.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Chris, Iowa on Monday, June 16, 2014
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    This unit is very decent for the price. It sounds very good and fit my girlfriends 1999 civic almost perfectly. Overall I am very pleased with this head unit and could not expect much more for the money. I would have preferred a Kenwood head unit over pioneer for about the same money.
    Pros:
    Inexpensive, good sound quality, cool color selection, looks great.
    Cons:
    Buttons feel kind of cheap and clicky, The unit itself is very light which makes me a little skeptical about build quality. The screws that came with this unit did not work for my vehicle. The unit seems to be overly complicated for what it is. Could be a lot more simple and direct, the text display is a little dim and hard to read in the daytime on certain colors.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Anonymous, Boise, Id on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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    Good product. The website made it easy to find out which stereo would fit in my vehicle and the instructions that were sent via email were very easy to follow. I did have to look on youtube on how to remove my particular dash panel but found it quickly.
    Pros:
    Good sound and easy install myself. Crutchfield does a good job sending necessary hardware which were included as part of the purchase, would have cost me more to buy it locally!! And free shipping!! Great deal. I probably saved $150 buying through them and installing it myself.
    Cons:
    Lots of features to figure out how to use. Takes some time reading the manual and sitting in front of the stereo actually going through them to figure it out. Still working on that part.
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    4 out of 5

    Overall very good!

    Written By Dmfleeting, Windsor, CT on Friday, June 06, 2014
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    overall very stisfied
    Pros:
    I love the display colors and different options, it was cheap and works great
    Cons:
    Navigating through the menu can be a bit challenging at times
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    4 out of 5

    FH-X500UI

    Written By Richard, Yelm, Washington on Friday, June 06, 2014
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    Needed a new radio for my Kia, Sedona. I did not want to spend a lot of money as I am older and can't hear the sounds as well as I did when younger. This radio fits the bill, easy to install and fits fine in the dash. I spent 45 years in electronics so it was easy connect the wires. When installing be sure to connect up the antenna wire as I did not know that it was to turn on the amplifier for the antenna and had to remove the radio to connect this wire. It takes a little while to get a costumed to operating and maneuvering in the menus. I have tried to lower the brightness of the lights in it but I can not get it very low, too bright for those dark country roads and the dimmer doesn't make that much difference. The remote works great and is easy to adjust the audio sounds.
    Pros:
    Good value, easy to install.
    Cons:
    Bright lights and navigating the controls.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer FH-X500UI

    Written By Anonymous, 08108 on Thursday, June 05, 2014
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    Great unit, bought for mom. Easy to use, all the features you could want. Installation instructions and awesome customer service made the install a 20 minute breeze. Crutchfield crew rocks.
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    4 out of 5

    Product review

    Written By B. Morel, DeRidder, LA on Sunday, June 01, 2014
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    The pioneer radio has a great sound along with cool display! It was easy to install with the kit. I am looking forward to my next purchase of speakers and other sound devices!
    Pros:
    Has to many to write or type!!
    Cons:
    The bracket could have had less tabs to remove but with a pair of dike cutters one can easily remove the unneeded tabs!
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    4 out of 5

    The best for the money

    Written By Dave, 65109 on Friday, May 23, 2014
     
    It's probably the best 2 Din for the money. However I wish I had spent an extra $40 for the Sony WX-GT90BT. The five band EQ has more bands than most, but the Sony has 7 bands. Although I have not heard one.
    Pros:
    Affordable and easy to use.
    Cons:
    It needs a better EQ and would nice to have the Boss wattage. I am cheap and picky about my sound mix.
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    5 out of 5

    fh-x500ui

    Written By Steve, Brandon, MS on Friday, May 23, 2014
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    Very nice sounding unit for the money. My son loves the lighting features!
    Pros:
    Fits perfectly in the space.
    Cons:
    Not for amateur like me to install
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    5 out of 5

    Car stereo

    Written By Lou, Ridgefield NJ on Thursday, May 15, 2014
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    My wife likes the color changing and the sound of the stereo.
    Pros:
    Very easy to install
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    5 out of 5

    great stereo for the price

    Written By blawt, st albans vt on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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    this pioneer stereo is a great value for the price!! installation went good it looks great in my toyota tacoma and sounds great as well,you can't go wrong for the money
    Pros:
    it looks good and sounds good.
    Cons:
    it takes a little time to operate the menu.
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    5 out of 5

    cool cool cool stereo

    Written By lizcast, merrillvile in on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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    this is an awesome stereo, good sound, good price, really cool features. love it
    Pros:
    all I wanted in a stereo, very easy to use
    Cons:
    no cons
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    4 out of 5

    Great price, great product

    Written By Anonymous, Columbia, SC on Monday, May 05, 2014
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    This is an excellent double din option. It fit my Santa Fe perfectly. IMO, double dins look much better on mini vans and SUVs than a single Din would. The mixtrax function was not a factor when I ordered it. However, once I tried it, I love it and I get to listen to a random mix of songs spanning 4 GB- awesome!
    Pros:
    Design, audio quality, mixtrax
    Cons:
    Ease of use could be better
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    5 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By Ron, Northern NJ on Monday, May 05, 2014
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    The family loves this unit.
    Pros:
    Affordable unit, that installed easily.
    Cons:
    No compatible faceplate. The rear stereo controller will override the unit.
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    5 out of 5

    awesome product!

    Written By M. ATKINSON, Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, May 03, 2014
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    This is a great deck. I love the sound quality and the ease of installation with the supplied cable adapters. This looks so great in my dash, and at night its like light show in my truck!.
    Pros:
    ease of operation, sound quality, the illumination of this is just awesome!!!.
    Cons:
    The only thing I can think of is in certain daylight times it is hard to see the display.
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